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Ruben Terlou is a Dutch documentary photographer capturing China with the Phase One XF Camera System with the IQ3 100MP Digital Back

Documenting a documentary photographer

Documentary photography is a way of witnessing and capturing otherwise unknown people and places at a moment in time. Ruben Terlou is an award-winning Dutch photographer, a journalist, and medical doctor. He is known for his ability to seek out and capture special and secret places in the country that fascinates him more than any other – China. He has presented the highly acclaimed VPRO six-episode documentary, “Along the Banks of the Yangtze, China through the eyes of photographer, Ruben Terlou.” And in early 2018, he released a second documentary television series, “Through the heart of China.” Documentary photography Ruben’s fascination with China began at age 19 when he lived there studying Mandarin for almost two years with a dream of basing himself in China as a professional photographer. Although that dream was not realized and he returned home to study medicine, his passion for China remained. He channeled his passion into two documentary series for Dutch national television about contemporary Chinese life in which he combined his photography. “By stopping time, these photographs offer …

Todd Antony shot the Dekotora series using the XF IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Camera System and Schneider Kreuznach 55mm LS f/2.8 lens.

Todd Antony documents “Dekotora” (デコトラ)

Renowned advertising photographer, Todd Antony spoke to Phase One about his latest project documenting sub-cultures around the world. His most recent series took him to Japan with the XF IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Camera System where he documented the lavishly decorated trucks, known as Dekotora. These ornate, dazzling vehicles were perfect subjects for the new Trichromatic Digital Back to capture this fascinating subculture’s wow factor in astonishingly accurate color. What is Dekotora (デコトラ)? “I’ve been researching various subcultures all over the world, but Japan just seemed like a great place to start the project as it is rife with different subcultures. The moment I came across ‘Dekotora,’ it jumped out at me, and I thought I have to go and shoot that. The Japanese word ‘Dekotora’ is an abbreviation for ‘decoration truck.’ The culture itself all stems from a 1975 series of ten movies called Torakku Yarō̄ (Truck Guys) that featured a trucker who drove his garishly decorated truck all over Japan. The series was a big hit, and ‘Dekotora’ popularity swept the country.” “The Japanese …

Timo Lieber shot the Atacama Lithium Mine project using the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back on the XF Camera Body and Schneider Kreuznach 35mm LS f/3.5 Blue Ring lens.

The colors of an environmental perspective with Timo Lieber

We spoke with Timo about his latest project, “Atacama Lithium Mine,” and the significance and power of color in his photography. Timo Lieber is an aerial and landscape photographer with an environmental theme in his most recent works. An explorer of the world, he has documented the impact that humans have on our planet. His latest project, “Atacama Lithium Mine,” explores the world’s largest reserves of lithium which are extracted from enormous colorful brine pools at an accelerated rate owing to the move away from fossil fuels. Timo traveled to Chile to document this unique landscape in all its dazzling color, taking Phase One’s IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back to test its power to capture color as his eye saw the scene. Timo Lieber speaks about the Atacama Lithium Mine project “I am fascinated with altered landscapes and the impact we humans have on the environment. The Atacama project is focused on an area that is undergoing significant change because of one single metal: lithium. Lithium is a vital ingredient in modern rechargeable batteries that …

Landscape and sports photographer, Michael Blann shooting with the IQ2 50MP Digital Back

Tour de Landscape: Michael Blann’s Cycling Photography

Michael Blann is one of those rare people who united his two great passions and created something wonderful. His love for cycling and landscape photography came together, and out of this emerged beautiful works of art depicting athletic endeavors in gorgeous locations from high above. Michael Blann spoke with Phase One about his journey from Tour de France dreamer to capturing the dream in photographs. The course of Michael Blann’s career “I grew up cycling (when it was unfashionable), watching the Tour de France and I even raced seriously in Australia when I was 19-20 years old. I wanted to turn pro but it didn’t quite happen. It took another 25 years before I connected my two passions, cycling, and photography together when I started a personal project on the famous cycling climbs. This eventually evolved into a 3-year project and a coffee table book Mountains: Epic Cycling Climbs.” “Like many personal projects, it’s not always clear why you start them, but this becomes apparent over the course of the project. There was certainly a …

Timo Lieber shooting with the Phase One XF 100MP and the IQ3 digital back and the Schneider Kreuznach 120mm LS f/4.0 Macro and the Schneider Kreuznach 80mm LS f/2.8.

Aerial photography: Capturing the Arctic’s Transformation

Capturing extraordinary natural phenomena in a resounding way is something many artists and photographers strive to achieve with their work. But capturing a wonder of nature that’s eroding away all too rapidly brings with it a sense of urgency and – in Timo Lieber’s majestic work – poignancy. Timo’s THAW series focuses on the rapidly disappearing Arctic ice sheets, using aerial photography to capture vast icescapes using the XF Camera System with IQ3 100MP Digital Back. Fine art aerial photography “Having traveled to the Arctic numerous times and having seen the rate of change there, I have long wanted to capture the impact of global warming on the Arctic and translate it into striking photographic images. The Greenland ice sheet has been losing mass rapidly over the past few years and it is a major contributor to global sea-level rise – undoubtedly escalated by man’s contribution to global warming. It is currently losing an estimated 380,000,000,000 tonnes of ice annually. Yes, that is a 12-digit figure.” “THAW is a collaboration between photography and the scientific work of …

Portrait photographer, Ken Hermann shooting with the XF Camera system and I used the Blue Ring 35mm, 45mm, and 150mm Schneider Kreuznach Blue Ring Lenses

Ken Hermann’s atmospheric portraits

Ken Hermann’s images are pathways, connecting us to micro-worlds and challenging us to rethink ideas of photographic representation. He is passionate about individuals and their unique stories and explores the fragile balance between people and their environment. His blending of documentary and cinematic portraiture, as well as his combination of artificial and natural lighting, results in dreamlike visions of everyday people. Beginning a career with a Phase One camera “I invested in my first Phase One camera the day after I finished my education as a photographer. It was an easy decision to make because the quality of Phase One medium format is way beyond any other 35mm camera.” The Amber Project For his Amber Project, Ken wanted to tell the story of some ‘hunters’ of amber: “Within the last few years, the price of amber has gone up by 4-500%. This has caused an ‘amber fever’ and has made it a popular thing to hunt for. People are literally waking up at three in the morning to collect these pieces of ‘Nordic gold’. My …